Jan's stoneware pieces reflect
her love of utilitarian ware. Her goal is to produce affordable, utilitarian
stoneware items to be used and savored in our everyday lives...sipping
our morning coffee or tea, cooking and serving our meals or arranging
the flowers freshly-picked from our gardens. We slow our pace a bit and
comfortably cradle the warm cup in our cold hands, or savor the bubbling
casserole that invites us to a meal which sustains our souls as well as
our bodies. These containers that reflect the fingers that lovingly formed
them, make rituals out of everyday events.
The stoneware is formed by hand on the spinning potter's wheel. Jan has
been "throwing" pots for over 40 years and loves the process
even more than the product. In the contemplative manner of a true production
potter, she spends hours at her wheel creating pots nearly identical,
yet each uniquely individual. Row upon row of mugs, bowls and vases can
be seen lined up in her studio in various stages of production. After
drying to the leather-hard stage, each piece is trimmed and, if necessary,
hand-carved in the unique Iroquois motif. After drying thoroughly, the
pots are then places in the kiln and fired to bisque temperature, hardening
them to allow for easier glazing. Once glazed, they are fired again at
2165°F to produce the durable, oven-proof, dishwasher-safe glazed
tea pots, stoneware ollas, miniature tea sets and knitted sweaters.
Just a sample of some of Jan's work.
Jan is well-known for her
complete place settings of stoneware. The place- settings are unique
both for their design and for the fact that Jan can produce any
piece that you'd like to have and in a myriad of colors and sizes...dinner
plates, luncheon plates, saucers, cups and or mugs, soup/salad bowls,
serving bowls, goblets...even covered casseroles and sets of canisters
to match the tableware set!